The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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Turkey's growing pains

Thursday 19 January, 2006

The autumn of 2005 was marked by the anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Repubic, the start of EU accession talks and, most importantly, the first open discussions in the country about the Armenian genocide. Seyla Benhabib looks at changing attitudes in Turkey toward its past and its multicultural legacy.
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Europe - an identity or a project?

Thursday 15 December, 2005

Now that social and political conditions in Turkey seem to be fast approaching EU requirements, the opponents of Turkish EU entry are using a new line of argumentation. Europe is being defined more as a unit forged by a common past and common cultural values than a project for the future. This obsession with identity is a threat to European unity and the universality of European ideas and values. By Nilüfer Göle
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The new wretched of the earth

Tuesday 25 October, 2005

Sengalese writer and journalist Boubacar Boris Diop describes the combination of pain, shame and anger that he feels looking at the images of utter desperation that are coming out of the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla.
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A stone's throw from Europe

Wednesday 19 October, 2005

In the heated debate over Turkey's entry into the EU, something is being forgotten: the fact that the two continents are within spitting distance of each other. And that Europe in its current form would not exist were it not for the Middle East. By Hilal Sezgin
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Dying to reach Europe

Thursday 13 October, 2005

For three years, Portugese author and journalist Paulo Moura has focussed his reportages on the plight of African refugees in Morocco. Using literary means, he seeks to go deeper than news reports. An interview with Christa Hager.
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Damned to expertocracy

Friday 1 July, 2005

The end of democracy? Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks with Marius Meller about French revoltism, British phlegm and Europe's national hallucination chambers.
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Friendly takeover

Wednesday 15 June, 2005

In response to the French 'no' to the European constitution, France's new Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has proposed a new kind of union between France and Germany. Journalist and historian Gustav Seibt argues that this would be a disaster for Germany and insists that Europe be considered in a broader historical perspective.
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European Constitution Special

Thursday 09 June, 2005

On May 29, France voted in a referendum on the European Constitution. For Andre Glucksmann, it was the victory of Euro-nihilism. German-Iranian writer Navid Kermani explains how it feels to be rejected by Europe. German intellectuals write an open letter to their French neighbours, warning of the disastrous consequences of the "non". Paul Virilio calls the referendum a suicidal absurdity. Jürgen Habermas argues that the Left is deluded in thinking the "non" will serve its interests. And Oliver Eberle emphasises the importance of a lively debate.
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The victory of Euro-nihilism

Thursday 9 June, 2005

The French no is standing guard on the frontiers of the old European Community. The referendum on the constitution became a retrospective referendum against the enlargement from fifteen to twenty-five member states. Formerly Euro-skeptics, the French who recklessly promoted the no on May 29 have become Euro-nihilists. By Andre Glucksmann
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"I can't live without Europe"

Friday 3 June, 2005

Both France and the Netherlands have rejected the European Constitution. German-Iranian author Navid Kermani reflects on what this means to him, as someone who wanted to become - or thought he was - a European.
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In full knowledge of the facts

Friday 27 May, 2005

The practice of holding a referendum on a subject like the European constitution is suicidal. It is an electoral absurdity that puts in question the political intelligence not only of the French president, but also of his immediate entourage and communication advisers. By Paul Virilio
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Europe demands courage

Friday 20 May, 2005.

An open letter to French voters from German intellectuals, artists and academics warns the French public that voting "No" to the EU constitution would mean betraying progress and abandoning the ideals of the Enlightenment.
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The illusionary "Leftist No"

Friday 13 May, 2005

To the French naysayers: A Left which aims to tame and civilise capitalism with a "No" to the European constitution would be deciding for the wrong side at the wrong time. By Jürgen Habermas
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Wake up, Europeans!

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

Or you will find yourself subjected to a constitution you never wanted, discussed, or decided on. By Oliver Eberle
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